Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

WEBINAR: Storyboarding for Novelists

Date(s) - 09/10/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Storyboarding for Novelists:

A new way to look at your story and reimagine your next draft

Thursday, September 10, 2020

@7pm EST

(Lecture will be recorded and available to all registered participants.)

Join Sarah Aronson for an interactive lecture and workshop all about the foundations of story: characters, plot, and scene. She will introduce you to basic storyboarding techniques as well as how she uses them to strengthen logic, uncover new ideas, and reimagine twists, backstory, and emotion. Get ready to dive deep into revision. Bring a pencil and paper. No drawing skills required. Be prepared to embrace the power of play!

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available for MG/YA manuscripts only.

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) submissions are due on or before Friday, September 11, 2020. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Sarah requests, “In the synopsis, I want to know who the main character is, what they want, and how the story resolves, if the author knows. Please encourage them to also include any questions they may have and/or why this story is important to them. Critiques are about opening doors and creating new possibilities!” Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Aronson_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Get to know your instructor:

Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published three stand alone novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe, a young MG series, The Wish List (Scholastic, 2017-2019) as well as the picture book biography, Just Like Rube Goldberg (Beach Lane Books), illustrated by Robert Neubecker.

When Sarah is not writing or reading (or cooking or riding her bike), she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, social action, and of course, sparkle power! She loves working with other writers in one of her classes at  the amazing Highlights Foundation or Writers on the Net ( She currently serves as PAL coordinator for SCBWI-Illinois–and the SCBWI-IL initiative, Read Local. Warning: She overuses exclamation points. When she gets really excited, she makes funny faces and talks with her hands. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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